"Part thrill ride, part love story, 'Borders of the Heart' is a tender yet gripping odyssey of hope." This synopsis from the back of the book says it perfectly, though the thrill ride part is bigger by far than the love story part. It's a story of letting go, of trusting God in the midst of sorrow, of doing the right thing, and of letting God and the people He puts in your world work together to heal your heart. "Borders of the Heart" is a brilliant read.
The main character, J.D. Jessup, is a loner, working on an organic farm in Arizona, more for the education that comes from experience than for a salary. When he finds a woman near death in the desert, he can't bring himself to turn her in as an illegal. Rather, he determines to help her, even against her wishes, and finds himself running for his life, hunted by a ruthless killer.
As readers follow J.D. and Maria's story, the mysteries of both Maria's objective and J.D.'s past will gradually be revealed. I recommend this book to fans of the action/adventure genre and thank Tyndale House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
After a strong description of J.D.'s home and the ranch he lives on, Chris Farber delves into the action packed story of a beautiful seÃ±orita on the run for her life. The internal conflict that J.D. feels as he continues to rescue Maria and is pulled into her situation goes beyond romance. The drama and danger surrounding him forces him to come face to face with his own beliefs and to resolve his troubles from the past.
This story may start out with a lot of description but drives right into a race of action packed, romantic, and spiritual turmoil. It's hard to put down and will cause your heart to race, so consider yourself forewarned if you have any underlying conditions.
The characters have so many deep layers that I felt like each chapter peeled away one layer at a time until I came to the end really understanding how the characters felt and why they made the choices they did. J.D. and Maria are much more than two strong people and I savored each new depth revealed about them throughout the book.
Chris Fabry not only excels as a story teller, but he knows the world that he depicts. As much as I enjoyed the cliff-hanger experience and getting to know these characters, I came away with much more as I learned about a part of the U.S. that I didn't know existed. Fiction or not, I was not only moved, pushed to think more about my faith, and enjoyed the suspense of the drama, but I also learned from the research and factual information the author used to create this adventure. I'm sure you will also savor your time with Borders of the Heart.
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I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Borders of the Heart is a gripping tale of how God has bigger plans for us if we just allow him to use us. The story is action packed with a little romance tossed in. The story could have easily been torn from actual headlines. It was true-to-life and expresses a good example of the REAL border problems between the U.S. and the Mexican drug cartels. While I don't live in Arizona, here in Texas we get our share of the violence as well. Not to mention that the feelings toward illegal aliens is similar. Unfortunately, I know more than one person who believes the same way J.D.'s boss feels.
I loved how Fabry worked in the Spiritual message of the story. It wasn't heavy handed, but fit into the storyline seamlessly. I think J.D.'s stuggle with faith was realistic and honest. It added some real depth to what could have been a simple suspense novel.
The story is fast paced. I had a hard time putting it down. On several evenings, I ended up staying up later than I planned just to read an extra chapter or two. I could have easily read this book in one sitting if I would have let myself (yay! I had some self-control for a change!). Fabry's writing is fantastic and is really engaging. While this is the first by Fabry I've read, it won't be the last. If you like suspense novels with lots of twists and turns and just a little romance, Borders of the Heart is a good bet!
Borders of the Heart is filled with intense action, adventure, suspense, and romance. It is set in the Southern part of Arizona near the Mexican border. Chris Fabry does an outstanding job in writing a book that reflects the reality of Illegal immigration and drug cartels.
I was quickly drawn into this story, because Arizona is close to my heart. I am familiar with the desert heat, the stories of Illegal Immigration, and the important part that law enforcement has in protecting it's borders from illegal activity.
At the beginning of the story we are introduce to J.D. Jessup, a musician running from his past. When he started working at an organic farm, the owner warns him about illegal crossings, and emphasizes the importance of calling Border Patrol if he sees an Illegal.
One morning during J.D's usual horse ride, he stumbles upon a beautiful young woman near death. Right at the moment when he is about to call Border Patrol, he sees a faint movement and changes his mind. He decides to act upon his heart and help her. Little did he know that his act of kindness would put his life in great danger.
J.D. is in for a ride of his life. While risking his own life, he finds out that Maria is running from a dangerous man who is involved with a drug cartel - out to exterminate anyone who crosses his path. J.D. also learns the importance of trusting God, and to confront the fear that was preventing him to love again.
** I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to provide a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
This is a timely novel, with some great insight into the issues that face the real human beings on border towns of the US and Mexico. The truth is, like so many other issues that impact people and their livelihoods, there are no easy answers to any part of the situation. The ranchers and farmers in the US who deal with this problem daily encounter drug runners and hopefuls in equal measure, and cannot tell them apart, so have grown calloused and harsh. The impoverished in Mexico wonder if there truly is a better way of life in America, and so they set off to find hope or to sell heartbreak.
This story is about the truth of both worlds. Part love story, part adventure novel, part mystery, it moves at a breakneck pace. A young woman comes across the border and is discovered, nearly dead, in the desert. What happens next puts all who come in contact with her in danger - including both those who try to help and those who would send her back where she came. In the midst of this, an apprentice farmer whose own tale of woe is woven through the book, begins to see the difference between keeping everyone out and letting love find its way to his own heart.
The story builds in momentum and includes the face of evil confronting the face of love. It is a heart-wrenching tale that gives a picture of what true hope looks like, of the love that casts out fear, and triumphs over the cruelty of evil, every time. I recommend this book to anyone that has ever experienced heartbreak of any kind. You will see yourself somewhere in this book, and hopefully, remember that there is One who can always heal.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255